South African Culture Guides and the art of Alternative Facts

Daily Maverick | Rebecca Davis:

“Generalisations about South Africa would be very dangerous,” reads the introduction toSouth Africa – Culture Smart! The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture”, published in 2007 by David Holt-Biddle. Yet the authors of countless South African culture guides apparently like to live on the edge. Here follows a selective summary of advice on South African culture published in real, non-satirical books and other sources.

There are no clocks in South Africa. “Much of the country is on Standard African Time, or Soweto Time, which basically means Any Time,” writes Holt-Biddle in Culture Smart! The Culture Crossing Guide agrees: “Taking your time is an important part of the culture. What takes an hour in a more time oriented country may take an entire day in SA.”… Read more